Notice something different on KITV?
Longtime weather anchor Ben Gutierrez isn't on anymore. The station didn't renew his contract, which expired at the end of the year. He had been there for 10 years.
Amber-Lynn Hyden was promoted to weekday morning anchor. Her first day was Friday.
Nothing against Hyden, who joined KITV in July. But Gutierrez was good. Really good. I can't imagine the newscast without him.
And it's not just because I dig the guy on a personal level. (Though that part's true.) He was a class act, hard-working, he loved his job. He's talented and smart. I don't have a doubt he'll find a job — or a job will find him — soon.
But his departure is just another in the local TV news landscape.
Tune into any newscast and you'll see a reporter or anchor you've never seen before. New faces, new voices, new stories.
More than with newspapers, folks who tune into evening newscasts every night are really connected to the people who deliver the news. You like their style, you like their storytelling, you like their fashion sense or flawless skin. And when those faces are replaced, it's hard for viewers to stay loyal.
It's how I feel about free agency in the NFL.
So as a tribute to past and present TV journalists, let's dish about who's your favorite, who you miss and who — like Gutierrez — you had wanted to stick around a little longer.